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Mid-Del, Shawnee among districts with multiple alums in NCAA Women's Tournament

by Ryan Aber Modified: May 13, 2013 at 4:41 pm •  Published: March 19, 2013
Duke's Richa Jackson, left, and North Carolina State's Len'Nique Brown, right, battle for control of a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Friday, March 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) ORG XMIT: NCCB114
Duke's Richa Jackson, left, and North Carolina State's Len'Nique Brown, right, battle for control of a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Friday, March 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) ORG XMIT: NCCB114

BY RYAN ABER
raber@opubco.com

Five former Mid-Del standouts will be playing in the NCAA Women’s Tournament, which begins Saturday.

Midwest City is the only team in the state with three alums whose teams are playing in the tournament—Ashley Clark (Tulsa), Richa Jackson (Duke) and Kaylon Williams (Oklahoma). Williams suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in October and is out for the season.

Clark, a freshman, is averaging 5.8 points in 20.2 minutes for the Golden Hurricane. Jackson, a junior, averages 5.6 points for the Blue Devils.

Del City has a pair of alums playing in the tournament—Oklahoma State senior Toni Young and Fresno State freshman Toni Smith.

Young, the Cowboys leading scorer, averages 15.9 points and 10.1 rebounds. Smith ahs played sparingly as a freshman, averaging 4.6 minutes per game in 17 games.

Smith’s teammate, Cache’s Taylor Thompson, is a starter for the Bulldogs and averages 10.2 points.

Fresno State is the only out-of-state team in the tournament with more than one Oklahoman on the roster. South Carolina features Norman’s Ashley Bruner and former NEO standout Wilka Mountout.

The other two state high schools with multiple representatives in the tournament are Shawnee and Tulsa Washington.

Tulsa freshman Kelsee Grovey was a regular starter a year after helping Shawnee to the Class 5A title. Grovey averages 10.5 points per game.

Taylor Cooper, who teamed with Grovey on that state title team a year ago, has also had a big impact as a freshman, starting every game and averaging 10.2 points.

Tulsa Washington’s Taleya Mayberry averages 18.7 points for Tulsa while former teammate Kamri Anderson, a junior, averages 8.0 minutes per game for Oklahoma State.

Here’s a look at all the Oklahoma high school alums in the women’s tournament and their first-round opponents:

Oklahoma: Sharane Campbell (Star Spencer), Kaylon Williams (Midwest City) vs. Central Michigan, 10:10 a.m. Saturday*

Oral Roberts: Emma Gade (Stillwater), Taylor Cooper (Shawnee), Christian Key (Victory Christian), Kevi Luper (Adair), Elisabeth Daniels (OKC Knights), Jaci Bigham (McAlester), Jenni Bryan (Coweta), Felecia Achilefu (Tulsa East Central) vs. Tennessee, 12:30 p.m. Saturday*

UCLA: Alyssia Brewer (Sapulpa) vs. Stetson, 12:30 p.m. Saturday*

Texas A&M: Courtney Walker (EdmondSanta Fe) vs. WichitaState: Alie Decker (Edmond Memorial), 3:05 p.m. Saturday

South Carolina: Ashley Bruner (Norman) vs. South DakotaState, 3:10 p.m. Saturday

Fresno State: Taylor Thompson (Cache), Toni Smith (Del City) vs. Cal, 3:20 p.m. Saturday

Kansas: Angel Goodrich (Sequoyah-Tahlequah) vs. Colorado, 5:30 p.m. Saturday

Duke: Richa Jackson (Midwest City) vs. Hampton, 11:05 a.m. Sunday

Oklahoma State: Kamri Anderson (Tulsa Washington), Liz Donohoe (Edmond North), LaShawn Jones (Putnam City), Kendra Suttles (Lawton), Morgan Toben (Owasso), Toni Young (Del City) vs. DePaul, 1:30 p.m. Sunday

Tulsa: Kadan Brady (Healdton), Ashley Clark (Midwest City), Kelsee Grovey (Shawnee), Taleya Mayberry (Tulsa Washington), Mariah Turner (Norman North), Antoinet Webster (Western Heights) vs. Stanford, 4:20 p.m. Sunday

Prairie View A&M: Deanna Moore (Muskogee) vs. Baylor, 6:30 p.m. Sunday*

*In Oklahoma City regional

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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